Planning Board learns more about local labour market tendencies

(Blackburn News file photo)

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board says a recent survey into the tendencies of job seekers has revealed some surprising numbers.

Planning Board Executive Director Gemma Mendez-Smith said the 2018 Employee Survey, which was conducted between January 1 and October 1 of this year, provides insight into factors that motivate employees to stay in current roles, as well as what causes them to seek new employment.

One troubling statistic in the report is that 37 per cent of respondents said they left a job recently due to bullying or harassment, but Mendez-Smith says these numbers are in line both provincially and nationally.

When asked about factors that determine whether or not someone is likely to stay at a job, respondents reported that they want to be treated with respect, enjoy positive relationships with coworkers and supervisors, and feel their work contributions are valuable.

Mendez-Smith encourages everyone with an eye on the job market in Bruce, Grey, Huron & Perth to view the report as it can provide context around local workforce issues, including low unemployment and high participation rates.

The 2018 Employee Survey can be found here.